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Lummi Island ferry caught in a snag over tribal tideland rights

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If you're uncertain about the geography of the upper left-hand corner of the state, understand that there are two Lummis. Lummi Nation, centered on a 20-square-mile reservation west of Bellingham, is where the community's ancestors were forcibly placed by the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. The Lummis describe themselves as "fishers, hunters, gatherers of nature's abundance." They also own Silver Reef Casino. Unemployment persists at around 16 percent.